Friday, November 03, 2006

We're Going to be on Time...NOT!

One of my biggest challenges as a mommy with two in tow, is trying to be on time. Doctor's appointments, dentists, tot classes, family and friend gatherings, you name it, I'm going to be a few minutes late.

One morning, I decide we WILL make it to Ian's tot class on time. Knowing I need to check Laurel into the daycare center they provide at the recreation center, I figure out exactly what time we need to leave by. Now, if I actually try to leave at that time, I will most likely be late. No, I need to come up with a time that takes into account all the things that might possibly go wrong:

  • Let's start with diapers. Add 5 minutes to change one, two, maybe even three or more diapers. You're puzzled, two children and she might need to change three or more diapers? Yes, there is a history with Laurel pooping right after I just changed her.
  • Next, possible clothes changes. This goes hand-in-hand with diapering. Someone just might squirt something out while the protection is off. And it might not be the kids who needs a change, it may very likely be me. Add 5 more minutes.
  • An additional 2 minutes is calculated in case Laurel spits up on my shirt as we walk out the door.
  • Add 10 minutes for nursing. Laurel tends to be a spur of the moment drinker.
  • 5 more minutes to gather items I thought were placed on the bookshelf by the door. Ian, where did you put _____________ this time?
  • 3 additional minutes for Ian to put his shoes and socks back on.
  • 3 additional minutes for me to chase Ian around the house and put his shoes and socks on for him.
  • 1 minute to get out the door and lock it.
  • 1 minute to open the van and strap Laurel into her car seat. I'm lucky here, she's fairly easy going about being strapped in.
  • 3 minutes to continually encourage Ian to climb into his car seat, and then buckle him in.
  • Add 5 more minutes for ???? Anything goes where children are concerned.
Ok, let's add this up. Hmmm, could this be right? 43 additional minutes? Ian's class starts at 9:45. I need to be at the rec center by 9:30 so I have time to check Laurel in at daycare. It takes 20 minutes to drive there and 5 minutes to park, unbuckle both kids and walk them into the building. I must leave the house by 9:05, except I still need to account for the unexpected. 8:22 is my new time of departure.

The morning is going well. Both kids have had their breakfasts. Laurel takes an early morning siesta while I get Ian ready. Teeth and hair brushed, diaper changed, fully clothed (socks and shoes included, although who knows for how long), Ian is set. Laurel wakes up, and I begin attending to her needs.

I nurse her, change her diaper (whew, only one needed so far, and I can keep wearing my outfit), get her dressed, and then excitedly pick her up to grab Ian and head out. I look at the clock, we're doing great. We walk out of her room and I happily chirp away to her, "Laurel, we're going to be..."

"BBLLLLAAaaaachhhhhh!" And with that, Laurel vomits all over me, her, the carpet, the wall.

We're not going anywhere today.


Jennifer said...

Oh, how I feel your pain, Mamacita! It's so tragic how we moms are always, always trying (in vain) to figure out how to get out of the house with the kids decently dressed, everything in its place, and our sanities intact only to find that our newly formulated master-plan is definitely nowhere near being child-proofed.

I hope you guys were able to at least step outside for a few minutes of fresh air, or just a walk around the block.

Happy weekend to all of you!

Elizabeth said...

Bleah! I was so excited for you having it all together, at once, but I couldn't help the feeling that something was coming.. yuck. I hope that it's just a short term sickness and that Laurel is feeling better very very soon!

Lady M said...

Ha! Can't imagine how much more complicated it gets with two.

My folks are in town and staying with my sister right now, and Q and I "might" go visit tomorrow morning. If he's not too cranky, willing to put on his shoes, etc, etc, etc. By the time we're ready, it may be time for them to come over for dinner anyway.

Mamacita Tina said...

Weird thing, Laurel never had a temp, no other signs of illness. She never vomitted again. Maybe she was overly excited about being on time for change.

Knitting Maniac said...

Do you know, my three YO vomited in bed sometime during the night (not right when she woke up .. it was too old) this morning, and she hasn't (knock on wood) repeated it. Maybe it was some something or other that is manifesting itself that way. Weird, huh?

Jenny said...

Oh my lord I feel your pain.

The vomit on the wall...a mark of motherhood.

Mary P. said...

Bwah-ha. The best laid plans...

Apart from the vomit bit, it sounds like a good approach, though. Keep at it - one day, it WILL work!

Mrs. Chicky said...

Ha! My daughter also has a history of pooping right after I change her. What the heck is up with that?

Damselfly said...

Oh, I hear ya ... and I've got only one child! Curse my mother for giving me her on-time gene, making me paranoid about being late....

carrie said...

At least you weren't late today!!! ;)

Believe me, you have to get up at the crack-o-dawn, have ample activities and snacks packed up the night before and back-up clothes at the ready for all those little unpredictable moments, even when they are 8 & 9!!!!!

There is a light at the end of the tunnel..................

Someday they will move out!!!


Mommy off the Record said...

Oh my gosh! Well, at least you tried! I find it hard enough to get anywhere on time with just one little tike in tow. I can't imagine having TWO little ones to attend to!

Binkytown said...

A story that ends in vomit is never a good story. Sorry you got de-railed. Hope she continues to feel good!